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Sephiroth
01-01-2017, 03:18 PM
Tell us about it. Everything you can possibly think of.

Fox
01-01-2017, 03:53 PM
For the longest time I would say Spice and Wolf, but after a rewatch I might have to say SHIROBAKO.

I love how it manages to be cute and funny and anime-like while also being a very relatable show about making anime that's very much grounded in reality. All the characters felt like real human beings, for the most part, and I felt like I was learning something interesting while I watched it. I think the best praise I can give SHIROBAKO is that it is the first anime I would recommend to anyone who had never seen one.

Yubel-Lover
01-01-2017, 05:02 PM
For the longest time I would say Spice and Wolf, but after a rewatch I might have to say SHIROBAKO.

Holo is so adorable!! :love::love:

For the manga I'd have to go with Blame!. I like it because of the way it tells its story: through the drawings and not through dialogues. The characters barely speak, and you need to be able to understand why and/or how certain things happen by yourself, so it forces you to pay a lot of attention at what's going on. Also the art is stunning

It's a bit harder to choose the anime, but I think Legend of Galactic Heroes is a good pick. Awesome characters, great story, lots of important topics like politics, economy, religion, terrorism and so on. The battles are great and all of them are fought using strategy and planning. The best space opera I've ever watched. Not for everyone, but absolutely worth it.

Karifean
01-01-2017, 05:12 PM
My #1 anime at the moment is CLANNAD. What can I say, it's a good adaptation of one of my all-time favorite visual novels and has some incredibly memorable scenes. Mind you I haven't seen Shirobako yet and everything I've heard about it makes me think it'll probably end up somewhere up there on my list as well. But we'll see~

As for manga... Umineko When They Cry. I don't think it's as good as the VN (the lack of soundtrack alone is already saddening) but I'll be damned if I pick anything else.

If I had to compare the two, naturally the latter would be my all-time favorite anime/manga. For a number of reasons; first up, it has an incredible cast of characters. There's a huge number of them and all of them are great, with my Top X Favorite Characters being just outright littered with them. Secondly, Umineko is pretty much a one-of-a-kind story. It starts off as a closed circle serial murder mystery but the scope so to speak ends up expanding and it becomes its own unique "genre" of mystery, which it then also ends up deconstructing by itself... I don't even know how to properly describe it. The battle of wits that ensues is immensely entertaining to follow and at the same time the story is also very thought-provoking, touching and frustrating (in a good way) at times. Thirdly, all of it also ends up being a sort of meta-commentary on stories in general, from both the perspectives of authors and readers, and it just completely clicked with me. And finally, it really feels like a natural evolution of everything Higurashi When They Cry ended up being, a much more ambitious story that touches upon similar themes a lot but handles them in a less cut-and-dry way.

It's not a story for everyone, but the manga does take steps to make it more accessible compared to the original. The VN is incredibly demanding in both time and effort since it absolutely expects you to engage and think about it a lot to really understand what's going on, and it's extremely verbose and descriptive, giving you an ocean of scenes ripe with foreshadowing and extra information; the manga on the other hand is much more forgiving and explicit, so even if you take a less involved approach you'll still be okay. The major downside to the manga would be the lack of soundtrack, which quite frankly is my favorite soundtrack of any game/VN. Thankfully there's nothing stopping you from listening to the OST while reading the manga :p

NeoCracker
01-02-2017, 12:26 AM
Four posts and NO ONE has mentioned Cowboy Bebop. This is why I judge you people.

Top 3 Anime -

1. Cowboy Bebop

One of the absolute greatest cast of characters of all time. Even side characters that show up for one episode in this are interesting. In spite of the fact the show isn't building one solid narrative begining to end and is a lot more episodic, the way the relationships changes between the characters as the series rolls on is astounding and far more believable progression then pretty much any other anime.

Animation is top notch, and the fights look absolutely incredible and have an amazing sense of detail and awareness of surrounding. Look at the movie for example. There are two fights between Spike and Vincent, one taking place in a confined space of a train cart, and the other in a more open area. Even though they still use the same kind of styles in both fights, they are drastically different due to the space available in the scene.

I could go on, but I'll leave it at having the greatest anime soundtrack of all time, and I have heard nothing that can compare.

2. Monster (Honestly I could probably switch this and Bebop and be fine with that, it's a hard call)

Without any kind of supernatural element involved, Monster is one of the most legitametly fucked up things I have ever watched. The real kick to the gut is how everything that happens in this show is not entirely inconceivable in reality. The messed up conditions of post WW II orphanages, brainwashing children in an experiment and just about everything else. There are a few aspects that stretch that a bit, but honestly not by a whole lot.

Amazing cast of characters, and a couple of the absolute saddest moments in anime history, right up their with the ending of Bebop.


3. Paranoia Agent.

This one is just surreal and amazing. Told from a few different points of view, I can't really describe what's going on without spoiling everything. Go watch this. Like, now. It's only 12 episodes, it's a short series.

Pumpkin
01-02-2017, 04:14 AM
Ranma 1/2 manga because fun and funny and hijinks

Vermachtnis
01-02-2017, 05:01 AM
Azumanga Daioh is my favorite anime. I think it's partially due to the fact that I watched it the summer after graduating High School so it hit all those sentimental notes.

Inaba of the Earth and Inaba of the Moon is my favorite manga. It's just so funny. The name alone is great. Also shotgun umbrella.

Zettai Karen Children is also a very close second. It's so good. But I haven't read it in a few years so I don't know what's going on anymore.
Claymore is a close third and for the same reasons. I stopped reading both of them about the same time too.

Scruffington
01-02-2017, 05:14 AM
One Piece.

No other manga artist in the entire shonen genre could ever compare to Eichiro Oda.

Skyblade
01-02-2017, 06:53 AM
Manga: Fullmetal Alchemist. The manga is just amazing. Brotherhood is a solid interpretation of it, but unfortunately too rushed in the beginning (you at least need two episodes of the original).

Lyndis Highwind
01-02-2017, 07:13 AM
Wolf's Rain. The animation is beautiful, and the story and characters were well done. It made me tear up, which I never do. And the soundtrack was great too.

Fox
01-02-2017, 09:27 AM
Four posts and NO ONE has mentioned Cowboy Bebop. This is why I judge you people.



You know... I have tried to get into Cowboy Bebop 3 or 4 times now and it just has consistently failed to grip me. I dunno what it is

Squall Leonhart Loire
01-02-2017, 11:28 AM
A bit tough for me since it changes all the time but....

Anime: The Legend of The Galactic Heroes
Manga: I really can't decide

Fynn
01-02-2017, 11:30 AM
Wolf's Rain

Freya
01-02-2017, 08:01 PM
INUYASHA. Shut up

I love it
You're all wrong

It's the best.

I even own the manga of most of it.

Aulayna
01-02-2017, 08:53 PM
Sailor Moon.

Mostly because the only other anime I've watched to any serious extent beside it is Sword Art Online, which has been... lackluster... from the 2nd arc of the 1st season, onward.

I did enjoy Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works too - but haven't seen any of the movies etc so don't really feel confident enough to pass judgment on it as a whole.

Sephiroth
01-02-2017, 10:07 PM
D.N.A.Č - Dokokade Nakushiita Aitsuno Aitsu
Mangaka: Masakazu Katsura, 1993

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DNAČ is a sweet, heartbreaking short story of the popular Manga artist and school friend of Toriyama Akira, Katsura Masakazu.
Fitting as it is for the style of the author who is widely known to be able to draw very beautiful, yet realistic looking female characters in manga, to also make them an essential part of this manga. This is combined with his own style of humor and typical teenage trouble.
DNAČ tells the story of the two main characters Junta Momonari, a 16-year old high-school student and Karin Aoi, a 16-year old DNA-manipulator, also known as my first ever legitimate childhood crush, my all-time favourite manga/anime character who will always have a special place in my heart.

If I would ever be allowed to make a sequel to a manga this would be my first choice.

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Karin comes from the future, a world where overpopulation is a severe problem, even leading to death penalty if someone actually happens to get more than one child. Now the actual problem is though, with her coming from the future she already knows about a person that was blessed with incredible genes, the "Mega-Playboy DNA". This guy has the power to attract every female person as if its magic. They are bound to fall in love with him and eventually have his children. For a future like the one she comes from, this guy who already had his children with enough of those women and the male descendant also get the Mega-Playboy genes, meant a major problem.
However, as scientifically advanced as her time already is, they have access to the most incredible thing already, it being the method to manipulate the Desoxyribonucleic Acid of a person to systematically change their genetic structure, as well as the power to travel through time.
Now with the task to stop this event from happening (technically an impossible grandfather paradox but that is not the point here and the point of "changing" something in the story really happens in the end and it does not really matter for what the story wants to tell anyway), she gets the so-called "DCM", DNA Control Medicine and is sent back to the past within her time machine.
There she has to observe young Junta Momonari, the one who supposedly becomes the Mega-Playboy.
When she actually contronts him, tells him about the Mega-Playboy and shoots him, she begins to realize that she probably was part of a bootstrap paradox, the only logically consistent time phenomenon, and event cycle that lead to then birth of the Mega-Playboy. And not just that, just like all other woman except Junta's old childhood friend Ami, she also cannot resist the abnormal attraction level of this handsome bastard!

Now there is a lot of stuff going on of course! It being the thing, that apparently now Junta has this weird thing with himself going on. But what could that be? Well! It is very similiar to the Yu-Gi-Oh! series. The Mega-Playboy is an actual second person. The original Junta's consciousness is still linked with the other guy whenever he is active but "Twinkle-Junta", who can behave even more like the Playboy he is in very serious situations, always has the drive. And the problem: He is getting stronger and eventually trying to get rid of the original person! This is such a problem, that later, when hit by another medicine, the Mega-Playboy mind even "mutates" to the Devil Junta who is really and absolutely evil to Junta, while as normal Mega-Playboy he still did his control-thing a bit more subtle and as a friend.

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But, geez! This is only one part of the drama! There is Karin, of course, as well! Not only is she attracted magically by Twinkle-Junta, no, she actually begins to actually be attracted and fall in love with the original one, as it has to be! Junta, the guy, who normally cannot even look at nude girls, because he has this weird sickness where he suddenly has to throw up and only his childhood friend Ami is pretty much the only girl he could ever be around with, this Junta! But of course Karin is not alone with this. Junta also very quickly falls in love with her. What about Ami though? The two of them, always arguing as if they were still children! Ami, the one he could always depend on and who seems sidelined now with Junta being interested in Karin and noticing this weird thing with his sudden Junta/Twinkle-Junta changes going on - what could she possibly do?
And so many more questions and twists? The existence of "DNA2", Twinkle-Junta, the counterpart of "DNA1", the original Junta, leads to so many problems and worries. And yet this guy somehow seems to be nice and a real gentleman, to the point that it is thought that maybe he is not even such a bad guy at all. He helps whenever there is trouble but he is the cause of so much trouble as well ...

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Photos taken from DNAČ vol. 1, 2, 3, 5; DNAČ originally created by Masakazu Katsura in 1993.

Yubel-Lover
01-02-2017, 11:31 PM
Sailor Moon.

Mostly because the only other anime I've watched to any serious extent beside it is Sword Art Online, which has been... lackluster... from the 2nd arc of the 1st season, onward.

I did enjoy Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works too - but haven't seen any of the movies etc so don't really feel confident enough to pass judgment on it as a whole.

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works was a good show, but it could have been a lot better. Anyway imo skip the existing movies (but watch those about the Heaven's Feel route that will be released by Ufotable) and take a look at Fate/Zero.

There is also Kara no Kyoukai, which is part of the same universe (and it's awesome, so it should watch it).

Loony BoB
01-03-2017, 01:06 PM
Really tough to say, despite not having watched a huge number of them. I tend to prefer the more realistic stuff (I believe they refer to it as slice of life?) as opposed to the action anime, but then, my mood changes between what I want to watch. So, in no concrete order...

1. Nana - Probably my all-round favourite. It's a bit more adult than most manga and I like that. The characters & dialogue are excellent. Really, really looking forward to the day that the artist gets back into the zone and cracks out the rest of them.
2. Planates - The art style is slightly off-putting and the lead male character isn't a favourite of mine, but the lead female and the surrounding crew were great. I found this really nicely done. I found it really rather superb as a (predominantly) realistic near-future sci-fi story with realistic situations and themes.
3. Attack on Titan - Best action-anime I've seen, probably.
4. Nisekoi / Toradora! - Can't pick which one I prefer, honestly. But for the high school drama kinda stuff, these would be my faves.
5. Samurai Pizza Cats - :shifty:

I've probably only seen about 15 anime series so far, though, so... yeah.

NeoCracker
01-03-2017, 02:40 PM
Due, it's terrible, but I still have a place in my heart for Samurai Pizza Cats. It was one of my first anime.

Cell
01-10-2017, 11:52 AM
Either Berserk or Jojo, but Berserk is currently somewhat behind because christ, what more can they do to Guts?

Yubel-Lover
01-10-2017, 01:55 PM
JoJo and Berserk are both really really good.

I'm pretty curious to see what is going to happen with Casca now that they've reached the Elf land. And what will Gatsu do after she regains her... welll... mind.

Does anyone read Tower of God?

sharkythesharkdogg
01-11-2017, 02:06 PM
Nothing too crazy or obscure for me.

Manga: Akira, then Ghost in the Shell

Movie: Akira, then Ninja Scroll, then Ghost in the Shell

Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion, then probably something fun like Dominion Tank Police, Gunsmith Cats, Dirty Pair, or Bubble Gum Crisis.

Mr. Carnelian
01-11-2017, 02:28 PM
Anime film: Ghost in the Shell
Quite haunting. A fine piece of contemplative cyber-punk.

Anime series: Psycho-Pass
It's the anime Minority Report, basically. What can I say, I like cyber-punk.

Nostalgic favourite: Pokemon
Team Rocket all the way. Best. Role-models. Ever. Jessie is a strong, confident woman, James is a cross-dresser extroadinaire, and Meowth is the King of Sass.